Hyperpolarized 129Xe NMR and N2 sorption cross-investigations of the crystallization of Al-SBA-15 amorphous walls into ZSM-5 type materials

  • Sami Habib
  • Franck Launay
  • Marie-Anne Springuel-Huet
  • Flavien Guenneau
  • Matjaž Mazaj
  • Nataša Novak Tušar
  • Antoine Gédéon


The present work deals with the study of the parameters which govern the partial conversion of the amorphous walls of Al-SBA-15 supports into ZSM-5 type deposits under alkaline aqueous conditions. The influence of the mode of insertion of aluminium into Al-SBA-15 as well as of the quantities of ammonium fluoride and ZSM-5 template (TPABr) has been investigated. XRD and nitrogen sorption data indicate that the mesopore network is very fragile under the conditions required for the crystallization of ZSM-5. A compromise was found by using a TPABr/Al molar ratio lower than 1, thus affording materials containing both mesopores and zeolite-type micropores. The combined use of hyperpolarized (HP) 129Xe NMR and α-plot studies gave evidence for the ZSM-5 nature of the micropores as well as some indications in favour of the interconnection of the different pore networks.


Mesoporous HP 129Xe NMR Stability αs-plot Zeolitization 



The authors are grateful to Ms. J. Phammavanh for her help in the preparation of Z′′(t) samples.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sami Habib
    • 1
  • Franck Launay
    • 1
  • Marie-Anne Springuel-Huet
    • 1
  • Flavien Guenneau
    • 1
  • Matjaž Mazaj
    • 2
  • Nataša Novak Tušar
    • 2
  • Antoine Gédéon
    • 1
  1. 1.UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR CNRS 7142, Laboratoire Systèmes Interfaciaux à l’Echelle NanométriqueParis cedex 05France
  2. 2.National Institute of ChemistryLjubljanaSlovenia

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